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A.M. (After interlude): An Interlude

Second installment in a three-part solo exhibition

An Interlude is the second instalment of De Jager’s three-part debut solo exhibition After interlude and unfolds in the darkened basement of Turbine Hall. By means of a specialised rotating camera mount (created in collaboration with cinematographer Thomas Pretorius), a video projection, capturing the circular motion of a ‘sky view scene’, is projected onto several layers of luminous material overhead. A soft echoing soundtrack enhances a simultaneous sense of immersion and isolation, as the viewer is drawn upward toward an endless sky.

"I have a strong emotional connection with this work, linked as it is with my visit to Venice last year while my brother lay in a coma at home. The soft echoing soundtrack was recorded at the top of the Brixton hill near the Yeoville water tower, where Zionists and other religious workers congregate to pray and cast blessings over Johannesburg. My aim with the soundtrack was to convey a sense of the telepathic connection I experienced with my brother through prayer and meditation while I was in Venice and at the time of his passing last August."

Developing over time and across locations, each instalment of After interlude unveils elements that recalls and resonates with previous exhibition/s. An interlude follows on the sense of transience, movement and flux evoked in A Prelude, becoming a ‘pause moment’ for reflection, solitude and silence; both exhibitions culminating in the final episode scheduled for February 2015.

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An Interlude series I - IX

An Interlude comprised the first 9 of a series of 21 paintings and was part of the Lizamore & Associates booth at the 2014 Turbine Art Fair.

"I found it interesting how curious people have been about which came first in this production - the paintings or the video installation. It was in fact the video installation, a collaborative effort with my cinematographer partner, Thomas Pretorius, aimed at creating an immersive experience. The video involved a customised rotating camera mount, with the camera mounted on a 3 metre long motion-controlled slider rig so that it moved in a spiral pattern past tree branches and toward an endless sky. 1,459 Framed stills were captured and stitched together into a 4-minute video to generate the experience of “winding and unwinding".


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